Vlog 22: Can Fidget Spinners Help With ADHD?

Fidget spinners are all the rage, but is there scientific evidence that they can help children with ADHD and autism? Jonathan investigates. --- TRANSCRIPT: Hey, this is Jonathan from The Body of Evidence, If you want to get my attention in a social situation, just say, "You know, that thing that's really popular? Apparently, there's scientific evidence behind it". Today, we talk fidget spinners. It's like a dreidel but with no rules, look... I transfer…

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Interview – Timothy Caulfield

  Jonathan interviews Timothy Caulfield, author of the book Is Gwyneth Paltrow Wrong About Everything? Topics include Trudeau's cupping marks; pseudoscience tailor made for athletes; the importance of anecdotes; Bill Nye and bridge destruction; the white hat bias in meditation research; the state of stem cell therapies; Tim Caulfield's legal career path; celebrity culture; cognitive biases; J.K. Rowling's experiment on luck; direct-to-consumer genetic testing for wine tasting; the science of science communication; the ironically postmodern…

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Intermittent Fasting

Does Intermittent Fasting work? That depends on what you mean by work. Even though the concept has gotten really popular, the evidence doesn't really support the idea that this form of dieting is any better than conventional diets. You can read the full Montreal Gazette article here: http://montrealgazette.com/opinion/opinion-alternate-day-fasting-vs-a-classic-weight-loss-diet  and then marvel at the controversial foot picture. ******************************************************* The other day, over dinner, I got into a debate with some friends about intermittent fasting. It’s a…

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Vlog 21: Monsanto and the University of Saskatchewan

The CBC recently brought forth allegations that Professor Peter Phillips of the University of Saskatchewan was Monsanto's sock puppet. How do they know? Because of emails obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request. Jonathan investigates. *** TRANSCRIPT: Hey, this is Jonathan from The Body of Evidence. Today, I want to talk about some fairly serious allegations made against a scientist by the CBC. The scientist in question is Peter Phillips, Ph.D., of the University…

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Fluoride in drinking water

Back in 2013 (goodness how time flies) I published an article in the Montreal Gazette about the benefits of fluoride in drinking water. http://www.montrealgazette.com/health/opinion+opposition+fluoridated+wat... I got the typical amount of hate mail but then to my surprise the Gazette published a rebuttal the next day, which was surprising because I didn't know anyone was reading my articles. My favorite line in the piece was this one: "It’s hard for ordinary lay people, such as myself, to…

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Bill Nye Saves the World

  There is a particular flavour of disappointment that slowly builds up in some tongue-like brain region when someone we look up to in our own field fails publicly. It's one of those concepts that have a word in German but that seem to be missing in English, like Schadenfreude. I pinned hopes on Bill Nye because, as a nobody in the field of science communication, I want him to succeed. He has name recognition,…

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028 – Testosterone and Bad Food Science

  Jonathan is being more of a prick than usual by giving Chris a testosterone prick to boost his manliness. But is "low T" a real diagnosis or an ad man creation? Thanos, our comedian, takes us to his Brazilian jiu-jitsu class to interview sweaty men about aging and andropause. Back in the studio, Chris and Jonathan talk about the difficulties of measuring testosterone levels, whether or not T can reverse aging decline and will…

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Read: Beyond Facts

We spend a lot of our time giving people facts about what medical intervention works and what doesn't and why. But facts don't always matter to people. In a beautiful long-form cartoon, The Oatmeal takes us a on a journey to make us realize why. Take 10 minutes out of your time to check out "You're not going to believe what I'm about to tell you". It's really important.

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Vlog 19: Will This Pill Work? Health Canada Shrugs

Would you like natural health products to be approved on the basis of whether or not they work? Instead, Health Canada is considering revising its approval process and basing it on risk. *** TRANSCRIPT: Hey, this is Jonathan from The Body of Evidence. Today, we need to talk about Health Canada and natural health products. As you probably know, herbal supplements, homeopathy, and these types of products are currently approved for sale by Health Canada…

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